President Edgar Lungu says he is ready to work with traditional leaders in Southern Province to deliver development to the people in the region.
President Lungu said he has the duty to ensure that he attends to people’s needs and deliver development to all corners of the country without any segregation.
The Head of State said this when he met four traditional leaders from Southern Province who included Chieftainess Sekute from Kazungula district, Chief Nyawa of Kazungula, Chief Mukobela of Namwala and Chief Simwata Chela of Kalomo district at David Livingstone Spar and Safari Lodge.
The Head of State said he wants to deliver development to all citizens with the help of traditional leaders but was quick to mention that he will find other ways of reaching out to people in cases where some Chiefs ignore or do not want to work with him.
President Lungu however, stated that there is need for him to work together with the traditional leadership for the betterment of the citizenry.
And Chieftainess Sekute who spoke on behalf of the other traditional leaders assured the President of their support in ensuring that the region is not left behind in terms of development.
She further stated that as chiefs, they have a lot of issues to discuss with the Head of State hence, the request to travel to meet him at State House.
President Lungu is in Livingstone to officially open the International Conference on Artisanal and Small-Small Scale Mining and Quarrying.
The international conference has drawn participants who include Artisanal and small-scale miners, quarry workers, mineral processors and users, traders, equipment manufacturers, end-product producers and other private sector actors involved in the minerals supply chain.
Others attending the conference are representatives of mining and quarry associations, women’s mining associations, and representatives of government ministries, agencies and geological surveys.
Academics and researchers, civil society and non-governmental organizations, multilateral and bilateral, development actors, including intergovernmental organizations are also in the tourist capital for the conference.